Today, social media is a great source for individuals to start discussions and voice their opinions. A trending discussion in social media is #BlackLivesMatter.
This movement recognizes the injustices against black lives and other POC who are American citizens. Not only does our government treat black individuals unfairly, but so does that media. Media coverage of similar situations that white versus black individuals are involved are drastically different from one another.
For example, the recent flood in Louisiana has left citizens without shelter and basic necessities such as food. The other week when I was scrolling through my Facebook, I noticed this picture:
This image was originally posted on EC Wash’s Facebook, but I cannot locate its original creator.
“Looting” and “finding” are two different verbs that invoke two different connotations, one is obviously meant to be negative and is attached to the black man. This is just one example of bias in media coverage.
It is important to use social media to speak out against the injustices in our country against our neighbors. The movement is important and the institutional racism that still exists must be addressed.
#BlackLivesMatter exists because the government and media have acted like they don’t–which is an issue that must be solved. Sure, all lives matter, but the movement is focused on emphasizing the lives that are not being mourned and appreciated in our country.
Image from the New Yorker.
It is great to start this discussion on social media but it is our duty to bring the movement further, and to speak up against any injustices you see occurring in real life. It is time to take a stand and help end the racism and inequalities that are currently plaguing our county.